Category Archives: Flowers

Tulip Magnolias, Many Style Blossoms

I’ve mention that the Tulip Magnolias have put on a spectacular display this year unspoiled by frosty nights. They have been blooming for weeks and with no leaves yet on the trees the blossoms really stand out.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

Next is another close up version of the flower from my post Tulip Magnolia Blossom, Very Large.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

I don’t recall seeing this next type before with so many petals, almost like a daisy.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

This one reminds me of a teacup, and another one that I wished I could have gotten up above for an interior shot.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

This next one is prettier before it fully opens. I generally see this style more bedraggled looking.

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

Lastly, a yet unfurled blossom, showing off a gorgeous magenta exterior, a color I remember fondly from my childhood along with the Crayola 64 Box. I just looked Crayola up to ensure I remembered correctly and find you can now get a full box of 12 of the same color.  Who knew?

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom

Tulip Magnolia Blossom, Very Large

This blossom was easily the size of a dinner plate, just huge. I would have liked a step stool for a better look!

Tulip Magnolia Blossom
Tulip Magnolia Blossom, a Bee zipping by

Update:
At Hans Wikström’s suggestion below I’ve cropped re-edited to show off the bee’s shadow. This is less than 10% of the original photo, which I normally don’t do but think it works here. Thank you, Hans!

Tulip Magnolia Blossom with Bee
Tulip Magnolia Blossom with Bee

Bee on White Camellia

This Camellia variety has the type of blossom with a prominent center and on Sunday the blooms were well visited by bees.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

The bees were making a haul of pollen.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

This flower was on the outside of the plant, right at my eye level making for nice closeups.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

The temperature had been below freezing a few nights last week and I was rather surprised to see this much bee activity.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
February 20, 2021

Holly With Yellow Flowers

This yellow flower stalk caught my eye, as did the roving dangly legged insect.

Holly With Yellow Flowers and an Insect
Holly With Yellow Flowers and an Insect

He wasn’t too impressed and moved on.

Holly With Yellow Flowers
Holly With Yellow Flowers

There wasn’t much to the plant, the leaves you see here were all there were, about three or four feet (1 Meter) off the ground.

Holly With Yellow Flowers
Holly With Yellow Flowers

I had not noticed these flowers before and don’t know if they are typical winter bloomers or if the relatively mild winter we are in has brought them out early.

Holly With Yellow Flowers
Holly With Yellow Flowers